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Stop apologizing for one-link posts

Stop apologizing for one-link posts. Doing a half-assed Google search to make your post look more meaty will make it worse and waste our time.
posted by Space Coyote on Apr 14, 2005 - 22 comments

Would this link be against self-link etiquette or policy?

I wanted to create an FPP for this ten second film festival, which I think would be of interest to many MeFites, but I've run into a couple of ethical and logistical conundrums: 1) The festival is being run by a friend of mine, so I suppose I might be a little biased as to this being The Best of The Web. 2) You really have to be in the Twin Cities area to see the screening and win a prize, even though submissions are accepted from anywhere. Any thoughts about this being FPP worthy?
posted by bigbadem on Apr 11, 2005 - 11 comments

If it is wrong, why is it possible?

Stupid question: If posting in image on the blue is so wrong, why is it possible?
posted by cccorlew on Apr 10, 2005 - 32 comments

Try the Schiavo tag

The sideblog says:

>If you're looking for info on the Schiavo case, try the Schiavo tag. It's been talked about quite a bit, so please direct comments there instead of new posts.

Then there's this post. It's already spawning a fair few comments, so I guess it'll be stuck there. Is this a violation? How strict is the policy?
posted by gsb on Mar 31, 2005 - 61 comments

Newsfilter posts to well-trafficked can be good (with an example)

OK, I'm going to start a flamewar. This is why one-link Newsfilter FPPs from well-trafficked websites aren't evil. (The via doesn't count as part of the post for me.) The poster added context and teased the story. Bravo.
posted by sachinag on Mar 30, 2005 - 57 comments

Should banned users' profiles reflect the reason for their status?

If a user is banned for blatantly violating the no-self-link rule, would it be a good idea to either a) note the banning on that person's user page or b) delete the user page entirely? Seems strange to keep a user page from someone who took a dump on the community.
posted by mediareport on Mar 28, 2005 - 41 comments

you can't have everything2

E2? Or no?
posted by Count Ziggurat on Mar 23, 2005 - 64 comments

What happened to my MeFi question?

Earlier today I posted a question about MeFi (how to turn off background color) in the main Ask MeFi area, which appeared for a few minutes then vanished. Did it likely get moved somewhere else, or just censored? for being in the wrong place? for expressing (in mild terms) dislike of a Mefi feature (I can't see text on colored background). Or did it just vanish into the ether?
posted by anadem on Mar 20, 2005 - 4 comments

What amounts to self-linking?

Is it considered self-linking when a tech professional makes an announcement on MeFi? I suppose Anil Dash is the best example (only an example; I'm not accusing him of this).

Dash seems to be the highest-profile MeFi commenter. Have there been others in the past?
posted by NickDouglas on Mar 9, 2005 - 67 comments

reason for deletion?

I don't think deleting Metatalk threads asking to clarify the deletions of Ask Metafilter threads is good for the community. [+]
posted by azazello on Mar 9, 2005 - 55 comments

Can we close bad AskMe threads that take off?

I can recall a few times in recent history where a thread that failed to meet the guidelines of AskMetafilter stayed around for a while because no one happened to be around to nip it in the bud -- and then the thread accumulated so many interesting answers that people had gotten attached to it and Matt was reluctant to delete it. I sympathize with this reluctance but also feel that appropriate deletions are good for preventing the mission of AskMe from drifting too far afield. Would the ability to close AskMe threads be a good compromise solution for these cases?
posted by redfoxtail on Mar 6, 2005 - 42 comments

It's the best of the web - and it is not in English

Posting links to websites in languages other than English: previously discussed, but without clear guidelines. There's a great link I could post -- but even if the images are a key part of what makes that site's interesting, it's not in English. More inside.
posted by matteo on Mar 6, 2005 - 24 comments

I already saw this stuff on Engadget, Memepool, etc.

Via, via, via -- Engadget, Memepool, and Boing Boing, respectively. These are not minor blogs. Boing Boing got 3 million hits yesterday. I already saw this stuff on the blogs and on delicious; can we stick to fresh stuff on MeFi unless we have something insightful to add?
posted by NickDouglas on Mar 5, 2005 - 148 comments

Can we continue posts about to be archived?

The post regarding Gannongate, started on February 14th, now has close to 600 comments. I appreciate how it has been kept current by faithful posters, but I'm afraid it's going to fall off the edge of Metafilter into the Archive. What's the proper thing to do with a thread that continues to attract posts two weeks after its initial appearance?
posted by trii on Mar 1, 2005 - 92 comments

How long do I have to comment in order to post?

How many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man? I tried to post a link to the front page but was told that I haven't commented enough to earn that right yet -- but nowhere can I find stated how many comments I have to make first. I did a MeTa search but either I was unable to refine my search terms properly or the question has never been posed. Does anyone know, or do I have to take this upstairs? It's a damn fine link, too.
posted by cirocco on Mar 1, 2005 - 25 comments

Filtering for Dollars

'Filtering for Dollars: Let's ignore the questions about the veracity of the claims of the particular user here. Where is the line when it comes to soliciting money via Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by daveadams on Feb 28, 2005 - 178 comments

Expiration date for news-related posts?

Hypothetical question (brought to mind by a recent post) : Is there an expiration date for news-related posts? Is something that was published last weekend still front-page worthy today?
posted by grapefruitmoon on Feb 28, 2005 - 19 comments

Can I add a second question since my first one is answered?

meta-meta-question -
I nearly hit "post" a few minutes ago here, but I stopped myself because I was asking follow up questions, only slightly off-topic. Good ones I think (and the simple thread is nearly worn out). I can't post another question for another 6.5 days. Shouldn't I just ask the questions in the thread while it's a fresh topic instead of posting a new question in a week? Or should I just suck it up and wait?
posted by hellbient on Feb 22, 2005 - 7 comments

Plea for editorial discretion when deleting AskMe comments

YA plea for editorial discretion/benevolent neglect. [greater within]
posted by kenko on Feb 19, 2005 - 87 comments

What constitutes a double-post?

Question: what constitutes a double-post? This is easy to answer for websites, but it seems to be harder for NewsFilter posts. One person recently argued that a second NewsFilter post on a previously discussed topic isn't a double if it offers a different perspective. However, I'm not sure that argument can be made for the topic of this post, which has already been discussed twice. So is every news article on a topic fair game for its own post? Early returns indicate that the discussion isn't going to be much different from the first two go-rounds, so what's the point? (yes, I know this is a double post).
posted by casu marzu on Feb 17, 2005 - 11 comments

A single link to Amazon's front page? Really?

Yes, we all await the new Hitchhiker's Guide movie with equal parts fear and excitement. But an FPP linking to Amazon's home page to show the trailer for a new movie is bad form.
posted by mkultra on Feb 16, 2005 - 62 comments

There should be some room for frivolity and banter

Boo. There were a lot of fairly well-thought out and witty references to MetaFilter history, past and present, in that thread before it was closed to further comments and had its middle taken out.

Not every thread here should be a linear progression from a problem to a solution. There should be some room for frivolity and banter. Without it, we lose our sense of community and shared experience.

posted by yhbc on Feb 15, 2005 - 151 comments

Is using "best answer" on subjective questions appropriate?

The best answer feature used in this AskMeFi question seems a little disconcerting to me. For a question that's so subjective, is it really appropriate? I find it off putting.
posted by sophie on Feb 14, 2005 - 82 comments

It's okay to link to zip (or exe or...) files?

Genuine question here - and not meant to be a "call out".

When exploring the Text Adventures post I noticed that the Photopia hyperlink was to a .zip file.

I am cautious about clicking on any .zip and .exe files online. Is there any protocol about linking to such on an FPP? At the very least shouldn't one note that the hyperlink is to a .zip by indicating so (i.e. Phototopia [note: .zip file])?
posted by ericb on Feb 13, 2005 - 15 comments

tsk tsk - askme and illegal activity

In this post about music downloading the subject of ask.metafilter questions being used for illegal means [+MI]
posted by filmgeek on Feb 11, 2005 - 26 comments

OK to compliment AskMe response?

Is it befitting to compliment a response in Ask Metafilter?
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket on Feb 11, 2005 - 10 comments

Self link and then purchased ads? Wha?

I hit the blue page the other day and saw a JUST POSTED story that was nothing more than a link to a page where you can buy a t-shirt with a design/slogan on it. (I'm not mentioning/linking-to which one it was because that isn't the purpose of this post). The FPP was deleted within minutes (from when I noticed it). However, today I see that it is listed in the Blogads on the front page. All is as it should be - I'm not complaining - I just think it is interesting that self-linkers apparently (sometimes?) get the opportunity to purchase an ad that they were trying to get for free.
posted by spock on Feb 10, 2005 - 19 comments

Is it ok to post followups in threads?

Honest, innocent question: Is this o.k.?
posted by mudpuppie on Feb 8, 2005 - 13 comments

new MetaTalk post limit

This will be my last MetaTalk post for the next seven days, because MetaTalk is now subject to the same time limits as Ask MetaFilter.
posted by me3dia on Feb 3, 2005 - 49 comments

Where to put Askme Followups

Matt, should we use MetaTalk to follow-up our AskMe questions? Or should we use AskMe? Or neither?
posted by Pretty_Generic on Feb 3, 2005 - 19 comments

Why was this question anonymous?

I'm not sure I understand why a question about driving with earphones in, was posted anonymously...
posted by benzo8 on Feb 1, 2005 - 50 comments

Can you delete follow-up comments when the original comment is deleted?

When you're pruning the site and deleting comments, do you mind deleting followups that only make sense with the original comment?
posted by null terminated on Jan 31, 2005 - 45 comments

What makes a post inappropriate?

What's inappropriate?
Is there a guide for how racy a post can be? I posted a fairly racy (but funny, or at least I thought so) thing eariler and it was taken off. Did I step over the line?
posted by Shanachie on Jan 30, 2005 - 6 comments

Overly graphic post: where did it go?

I read a post the other day (maybe two?) that included a link to gruesome pics of Iraqis killed in the Fallujah siege and ensuing massacre. I added a comment to the post, asking whether anyone with any forensic expertise might be able to reveal how the dead had been killed, because it looked as though they were not victims of conventional firepower (could it have been gas?). When I went back to see if anyone had responded to the original post had been deleted alongwith its accompanying commentary. Does anyone here know why the post was removed and based on what policy? Thanks in advance.
posted by Azaadistani on Jan 29, 2005 - 19 comments

Why was my comment deleted

Did I forget to hit "post" or was my comment deleted from this topic and if so, why?
posted by Juicylicious on Jan 28, 2005 - 32 comments

Too graphic for the front page?

too graphic for metafilter?
posted by specialk420 on Jan 26, 2005 - 214 comments

Announcement: sockpuppet given as gift to lurker

Attention: Per this thread, I have relinquished my puppet account, Voice of God.
It is now run by a long-time lurker who wishes to remain nameless. [MI]
posted by me3dia on Jan 26, 2005 - 25 comments

What is the policy on giving away usernames?

What is the policy on giving away usernames? I purchased a spare during the Great November Influx and now its just sitting there, rotting on Matt's server. I really have no use for it. It was an impulse buy and I'd like to give it away.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jan 25, 2005 - 25 comments

Deleted comment cipher?

In this post a number of comments that (at least in my opinion) were legitimately funny but a little tasteless were removed without notice. Two questions - (1) would it make sense to have a "comment deleted" notice so that meta-comments make a little more sense, and (2) why were they deleted if none of the guidelines were violated?
posted by thedevildancedlightly on Jan 24, 2005 - 52 comments

Policy on posting links found on Fark/Slashdot/Boingboing?

What's the policy on posting links you found on Fark, Slashdot or BoingBoing? I read through each of these daily, and constantly find links on MeFi that were posted earlier on one of those other three sites. I've refrained from posting info that I found on those other sites because it seems to easy. If you get the info from one of those other sites, shouldn't you do a "via xxx?"
posted by boymilo on Jan 20, 2005 - 19 comments

Disappearing comments

comments disappearing from this thread:
posted by rocket_skates on Jan 19, 2005 - 16 comments

Self-link detected.

They're clamoring for it, and here it is. This post contains a nakedly aggressive self-link. For shame, doc.
posted by goatdog on Jan 17, 2005 - 38 comments

Multi-questioned AskMe post.

Multi-questioned AskMe post. It's a particularly (IMHO) obnoxious kind of transgression, in that there's no way to claim it's anything other than an attempt to circumvent policy that's in place for good reason. Can the post page make the "one question per post" point more clearly?
posted by mkultra on Jan 17, 2005 - 22 comments

Thank you, Matt

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Matt for deleting the Invisibility/Flight thread in Ask.Me
posted by esch on Jan 14, 2005 - 134 comments

Where's the line on product-related content?

MetaShillter: there's never been a deficit of accusations regarding the use of MeFi to push product. Many legitimate Best o' the Web posts contain product-related content. While it's clearly contra-Matt if you profit from a post, where's the fine line?
posted by cosmonik on Jan 11, 2005 - 51 comments

The suspense is killing me [more inside]

Could we maybe dispense with the cliffhangers in Ask.MetaFilter?
posted by Space Coyote on Jan 4, 2005 - 35 comments

AskMe for feedback on projects

Legitimately unsure if the following is an acceptable use of AskMe: (more inside)
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Jan 1, 2005 - 22 comments

Is there a membership contract?

Does the $5 membership fee come with an implied "contract?" (more inside)
posted by ludwig_van on Dec 28, 2004 - 85 comments

Not our most shining moment....

Not our most shining moment, as spotted by Leonard. Hopefully it's just holiday stress manifesting itself as assholery that'll blow over after the new year. One can hope.
posted by mathowie on Dec 22, 2004 - 223 comments

Why is there an AskMe limit?

I just skimmed the past two months of MeTalk looking for this thread and didn't find it, so excuse me if it's a DP, but: When I went to post an AskMe question today, I got this: You've asked a question in the past week. There is a limit of one question per week, which you've used up. Make them count, because you'll only get one a week. [+]
posted by blueshammer on Dec 18, 2004 - 52 comments

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